Past exhibition at Lumiar Cité:

Institute for Social Research

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The “usable” space created by Christoph Korn can be understood as a temporary derivation of the legendary Institute for Social Research, founded in 1923 in Frankfurt/Main, whose most influential members were Max Horkheimer and Theodor W. Adorno. It was in 1944, during the Institute's exile in the United States, that Horkheimer (1895-1973) and Adorno (1903-1969) developed the critical concept, now largely forgotten, of cultural (creative) industries, considering them opiates for the masses, in the sense that they mediate power over them as a natural – and non-human – phenomenon. The Frankfurt school, as it was also known, is still an important platform for criticism, bringing together sociologists, philosophers and psychologists. Walter Benjamin (1882-1940), one of the great 20th-century critics and thinkers, was also going to join this Institute in New York, having fled Nazi-occupied France in order to sail to the United States from Lisbon, the only harbour open in Europe. This journey was however tragically interrupted by Benjamin's apparent suicide in Portbou, in the Spanish Pyrenees, when he suspected that the Nazi authorities had discovered his “clandestine” passage over the border into Spain.
Korn emphasises these historical aspects of the Institute using its English name. The starting point for the “design” of the exhibition space was a scene from the film Playtime (Jacques Tati, 1967): the foyer of a typical modernist building from the 1960s, its appearance ironically and subtly exaggerated by Tati. At the Lumiar Cité Gallery, whose architectural characteristics recall the foyer in the film – both spaces almost entirely surrounded by walls of glass –, the structures and displays of portraits of important men – their importance implied by their poses and presentation, although they are all unknown – that appear in that scene of the film now (absurdly) frame nine black-and-white photographic portraits of an elderly woman, whose origins Korn also leaves open. The chairs that can be seen in Tati's film, designed by the director himself and by Jacques Lagrange, are also evoked in this installation by furniture loaned by the Algarve University library. The ashtray came from a film set company.
With Korn's installation, the Lumiar Cité Gallery is not only transformed into a temporary Institute for Social Research, but also evokes the aesthetics and ironic topics of Jacques Tati's film. By seeking to replicate the set of that film, Korn also establishes a phantom relationship between Tati's futuristic architecture and the current architecture and urban concept of Alta de Lisboa, where the Lumiar Cité Gallery is located.


Avenida António Augusto de Aguiar, 148 - 3º C
1050-021 Lisboa, Portugal
Monday to Friday, 10h00 to 13h00,
14h30 to 19h00

Tel: + 351 21 352 11 55

Alan Read
The Dark Theatre:
Conditions of the Irreparable
11.-13.03.2020, 11 am, 2 pm

Auditorium Goethe-Institut, Lisbon

Independent Study Programme
Call 2022
Until 20.09.2021

Sjoerd van Tuinen

The Politics of Resentment

23, 25, 26.03.2021
12h–14h30, 15h30–18h


Sjoerd van Tuinen
The Politics of Resentment
12h–14h30, 15h30–18h

The seminar will take place online only.

Milan Ther

From One Institution to Another: Presenting Situated Aesthetics



Fogo Island Dialogues
Atlantic Codes
November 8–9, 2019

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Padrão dos Descobrimentos, Lumiar Cité

Lumiar Cité

Rua Tomás del Negro, 8A
1750-105 Lisboa, Portugal
Wednesday to Sunday, 15h00 to 19h00
and by appointment.
Tel: + 351 21 755 15 70 | 21 352 11 55

Ao descer a escada
Há um degrau p’ra me sentar.
Não há outro degrau
Onde descansar.
Não estou lá em baixo
Nem lá em cima estou.
Estou é na escada
Onde sempre estou.

Ao subir a escada
Não estou em cima, nem em baixo.
Não estou na creche,
Nem mesmo no sopé, acho.
Ideias estranhas começam a girar
Na minha cabeça
Fora do lugar!

Tonio Kröner
09.11.2019 - 02.02.2020

26.06 | 18h00 Online conversation with Sabeth Buchmann

Thompson, Jürgen Bock

26.06 | 18h00 Online conversation with Sabeth Buchmann

Judith Barry
All the light that's ours to see

Extended until 6 December 2020

In line with revised recommendations from the authorities, we are postponing the exhibition, which was scheduled to open on 28 March. A new date will be communicated in due course.

Loretta Fahrenholz
Circle Navel Nil
24.04. – 27.06.2021

24.06 | 18h00 Online conversation with Sabeth

Buchmann, Loretta Fahrenholz and Jürgen Bock

Waldemar d’Orey
Something is missing
21.07. – 10.10.2021

Curator: Manuel Costa Cabral

11.09 | 17h Catalogue launch

Lumiar Cité is closed for the summer break between 16 and 31 August.

In cooperation with Lumiar Cité:

Tiffany Chung
Thu Thiêm: an archaeological
project for future remembrance
08.06. - 08.09.2019

Johann Jacobs Museum

Maumaus / Lumiar Cité
is funded by Ministério da Cultura / Direção-Geral das Artes. With the support of Câmara Municipal de Lisboa and Junta de Freguesia do Lumiar

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